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From the Field: Massive fire destroys San Jose warehouses, injures one

Date: 2014-07-28
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On Saturday, July 24th, 2014, at 3:27 am, San José Firefighters responded to a commercial-industrial section of the city after a large column of smoke was seen rising from the area. Crews located the source of the smoke at 1596 South 7th Street, directly south of Spartan Stadium.

Upon arrival firefighters discovered heavy smoke and fire showing from several warehouses and outside storage areas. As crews setup for operations explosions could be heard from inside the complex and an injured subject was found with severe burns.

Incident Commander José Guerrero immediately called for defensive operations and ultimately five alarms were struck summoning firefighters from all over the city and from neighboring departments. Crews used numerous aerial master streams and hand lines to keep the fire from spreading to additional nearby structures. The blaze destroyed at least three warehouses, hundreds of wood pallets, numerous vehicles and industrial equipment.


Firefighting efforts continued unabated for hours with the fire finally being declared under control at 3:56 pm. There were no additional injuries reported.

San José Fire Department Assignment:
4A3, 4A7, 4A9, 4S3, AU30, 4B93, MED 30
Battalion 1, Battalion 13, Battalion 2, Battalion 29, Battalion 10
Engine 1, Engine 16, Engine 18, Engine 26, Engine 3, Engine 6
Truck 1, Truck 13, Truck 2, Truck 30, Truck 16, Squad 30, Squad 26
HIT 29A, HIT 29B

Mutual Aid Assignment:
Mountain View Battalion 51, Mountain View 18A5, Santa Clara County 2B3, Palo Alto A3, Santa Clara Battalion 91, Santa Clara Engine 91, Santa Clara Engine 94, Santa Clara Truck 92, Sunnyvale Engine 46, Sunnyvale Truck 42, Milpitas Engine 86

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